What makes a person a Jew?
Is it the way
that they look or the things that they do?
Is being Jewish a matter of how you look,
or how you live? Using everyday examples that children can
relate to, this colorful book helps all young Jewish readers
understand what it really means to be a Jew.
A vibrant and fun way for children to
develop a broader knowledge of Judaism and the Jewish People,
this book gently guides children down their own path of Jewish
spiritual discovery … and reminds us all that being
Jewish is about our deeds, thoughts, and heart.
“Helpful.... Addresses broader issues, such as ... that there are many ways to observe and express Judaism.... Nonjudgmental.”
—Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
“Finally! A beautiful book that
celebrates the diversity of Jews, of all colors, from all
families, and from all places. Offers thoughtful answers to the
questions often asked by adopted Jews, Jews of color, and even
Jews from traditional families about what it means to be
Jewish. Affirms young Jewish identity with great heart. It
belongs in every Jewish home!”
Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Central
Synagogue, New York
“A delightful corrective and
addition to the field of Jewish children’s books.
Recognizes the beauty and diversity of Jewish life and people.
I recommend it for all Jewish families.”
Israel Abramowitz, founder, Jewish
Family & Life!; coauthor, Holidays
and Values for Today’s Parents and Children
“Adds the missing link to the
library of Jewish picture books. It belongs on the shelf of
every synagogue and Jewish preschool. With concise rhyming text
and photos of children from around the world, it clarifies for
every Jewish child that the Jewish community includes faces
Kushner, director, Project Welcome,
Union for Reform Judaism; coauthor, Because Nothing Looks Like God
“Sometimes the simplest words offer
us the most profound of wisdom. Speaks to the heart, mind, and
soul of child and adult alike. It displays the community that
we strive to create: opening, welcoming, and inclusive.
Kerry M. Olitzky, executive
director, Jewish Outreach Institute; author, Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish
Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish
“A much needed book that gives
affirmation to an expansive notion of who is part of the Jewish
people. Welcoming and non-judgmental, it is an important
expression for the contemporary Jewish world.”
Michael Strassfeld, author, A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual
Practice and coauthor, The Jewish Catalog
“Celebrates the diversity within the
Jewish community while also educating children about
Friedland, online magazine editor
of InterfaithFamily.com; coeditor, The
Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com
Lauren Seidman is
a writer and editor living in Vermont.